Gross Motor Development: Your Toddler at 31 to 36 Months

Gross Motor Development allows a child to gain balance and bring large muscles under control in order to master physical activities such as sitting, crawling, walking, running, climbing, jumping and generally enjoy all that his body allows him to do.

Typical Skills

  • Participates in group activities that include running, galloping, crawling, rolling over and twirling around
  • Walks on balance beam, alternating feet a few steps
  • Runs, avoiding obstacles
  • Climbs up the ladder of a slide or other play equipment
  • Pedals a tricycle

Emerging Skills

  • Walks on balance beam a few steps, going forward and backward
  • Rides tricycle, steering well and using pedals
  • Kicks ball with increasing accuracy
  • Throws ball overhand with fairly accurate aim
  • Participates in circle games involving many players, such as ‘The Hokey Pokey

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